I suppose I should explain a bit about my thinking behind doing that.
I’ve seen a few posts in this forum in which people are asking for ways to have areas within their discourse instance that do something different. I see this experiment as a starting point to this.
As an example, someone might want to have a space on an existing forum that has different branding and authorisation to the rest of the site. I am interested in figuring out ways I could achieve this. Having separate subdomains gives me quite a bit of flexibility in trying to achieve this.
I appreciate that discourse was probably not conceived of as a way to do this. I remember @codinghorror saying somewhere that discourse was aiming to create that well lit neighbourhood with no broken windows where people felt attracted to come to for civilised conversations. To carry on with that metaphor, I guess what I’m trying to do is to figure out a way to let people create rooms in any neighbourhood where good conversation can be had. Rather than clean a communal area for all, I want people to have their own rooms which they manage themselves If a particular room gains a good reputation, it will attract more people.
Okay, thats all a bit abstract and airy-fairy. How might that work in practice? A simple solution could be to allow people to create a passphrase for any subdomain/room they create. That saves me the trouble of creating and managing groups.
Another thing I’m considering is to allow people to deploy different ember js apps to different subdomains. These apps could be quite lightweight as they only need to be able to read and write topics and posts.
I’ll try out some of these ideas over the coming days and weeks - updates will be posted here.
BTW, the google maps experiment that I previously hosted at klavado.com hasn’t been killed off
Its been moved to http://chattymaps.com . I will get back to working on it later when I get some time.